Transportation-related initiatives on local ballots across the country

| 10/19/2009

With Election Day about two weeks away, voters in several communities throughout the nation soon will be making decisions on whether to fund transportation-related initiatives. Land Line recently took a look at many of these issues. Included below is a sampling of what was found. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Washington state (polls open 7 a.m. PST to 8 p.m. PST) 
A proposition on the ballot in the city of Bremerton would increase the price of vehicles tags by $30 for the next three years.

Supporters say the fee would raise about $900,000 annually for repaving roads. They say that amount as matching funds for federal grants could be enough to give the city what it needs.

In Asotin County, WA, voters will decide whether to continue the sales tax to help fund the Asotin County Public Transportation Benefit Area. The tax is set to expire soon unless voters agree to renew it for another five years.

The proposition limits the use of revenue to funding the operation, maintenance and capital needs of the public transportation system.

Ohio (polls open 6:30 a.m. EST to 7:30 p.m. EST)
Multiple ballot questions in Ohio also address transportation issues. In Washington Township, voters will decide on two proposals to renew a road maintenance tax.

One question proposes allotting 1 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for every $100 of assessed value, for five years. The other question proposes allotting 2 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 20 cents for every $100 of assessed value, over the same time.

Jerusalem Township voters will decide on a proposed tax levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of streets and bridges. The issue before voters is whether to renew the tax at a rate up to 2 mills of each $1 of valuation for five years.

Also on a local ballot in the Buckeye State is a referendum about red light and speed cameras. Voters in the city of Chillicothe will decide whether to prohibit the use of the automated enforcement tools.

Texas (polls open 7 a.m. CST to 7 p.m. CST)
Ballots in the city of College Station will include a question on red light cameras. Voters there will decide whether to abolish use of the nine cameras posted at seven intersections in town since 2008.

The cameras have generated a reported $1.3 million that is used to pay for operating expenses. The rest of the money is split with the state.

For more transportation initiatives on ballots, click here.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor